The form of the offered lot bears a close resemblance to a type of furniture usually refered to as a counter table. The term counter table is usually applied to describe a table with a sliding top marked out with lines and squares representing values and units which could be used for calculating accounts. Whilst the offered lot lacks these attributes there is a large central section for storage, in this case two drawers, and a top which has a large surface area.
For similarities in the carved lettering see Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture, The British Tradition, Woodbridge, 1979, p. 424. Chinnery features a panel from the 1550s carved in a comparable style. Similar carving that is featured on the drawer borders and legs is also seen in a group of chairs produced for the Conyers family of Hornby Castle, Yorkshire (Chinnery op. cit., pp. 430-432). Whilst there are differences there is a comparative boldness in the naively carved designs that the Conyers group and offered lot feature.
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